Homemade Caramel Popcorn

I had a sweet tooth over the weekend and there was nothing sweet in the house (I got rid of all the temptations) so I made a delicious snack that takes a couple minutes to put together. I raided my cupboard and found that I only had popcorn, so I made caramel popcorn.

Step One:
Prepare the Caramel Sauce. Here is the recipe:


1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon light-colored corn syrup (optional)
1/2 cup whipping or heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (to taste)


  • In a medium to large saucepan, add the sugar, water, corn syrup and bring to a boil over high heat, whisking until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Allow the mixture to boil for 5 to 12 minutes until it turns caramel colored. Keep a watchful eye as sugar boils quickly and can easily burn. Stir when necessary to prevent a built of crystallized sugar on the corners of the pan.
  • As soon as the sauce has turned caramel-colored, reduce the heat to low.
  • Carefully and slowly, add the cream. Be careful, the mixture will bubble.
  • Carefully add the vanilla and salt to taste.  
  • Whisk until sauce is smooth and combined; allow it to boil for another minute, to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Transfer sauce to glass jar or heat-safe. Allow sauce to cool uncovered to room temperature; sauce thickens considerably as it cools. If the sauce gets too thick, add warm water and mix thoroughly to thin it out.  
  • Sauce will keep airtight at room temp for about one month.  

Step Two:
Pop the corn. I use Goya Yellow Popcorn. You can use any popcorn you like or any plain microwave popcorn. 

Step Three:
Add Caramel Sauce to popcorn.   

Combine Popcorn with caramel sauce

Step Four:

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